Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dimension Gondry: The White Stripes - Fell in Love with a Girl

"Fell in Love with a Girl" was a one of the essential single releases from White Stripes third studio album 'White Blood Cells' . It was a very authentic video which featured Lego animations and Gondry's son was featured at the beginning of the video, building LEGO blocks and it was shot frame by frame with each frame having the LEGO bricks rebuilt, sometimes in a complex manner to seem as if it were an actual shot, and then formed together to give the illusion of motion. The video mostly consists of red, white, and black color. The White Stripes couldn't strike a deal with Lego, so they had to buy a large amount of LEGO boxes for the video.
 The video won three MTV Video Music Awards in 2002: Breakthrough Video, Best Special Effects, and Best Editing. It also received a nomination for Video of the Year, but lost out to Eminem's "Without Me".

Next Wave: Night Drive

The Austin/Houston based duo of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon began after a young woman they were both unknowingly dating at the same time was killed in a car crash. The tragic event bonded the two men, and shortly afterwards they began a musical collaboration. Inspired by dark, synth-heavy electro pop, Night Drive released their first EP called Position I. Their singles "Drones", "After Dark" and "Young Rivals" have been featured in film and on radio stations nationwide. Touring with international bands such as Tesla Boy, Gold Fields and Jupiter, they've quickly garnered a reputation as a must see, high energy live show.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Daybed Release their Debut Album 'Weird Sailing' this Month

Daybed have released their debut album 'Weird Sailing' this month on Beläten. Following on from their 12” EP 'Preludes' from 2010, Daybed offer a diverse collection of songs set against analogue synthesizer landscapes. The album playfully jumps between the upbeat and pop-inspired to the reflective and lyrical and consists of ten original tracks as well as a special cover of KKD’s minimal synth gem “And Your Mind”. The album was released through Gothenburg-based Beläten Records.

Act's 'Love and Hate' Compilation Announced for June

Salvo/Union Square Music have announced the release of 'Love & Hate: A Compact Introduction' a two CD compilation by Act. Their brief existence 1987-1988 is mostly known remembered for "Snobbery and Decay" which was released in 1987. With a stunning front cover and usual typographical flair, this set offers a welcome exploration of one of the lesser known ZTT acts. Similar compilation entitled 'Laughter, Tears and Rage' was released in 2004. Eleven years after comes this and it is set for release on June 8th. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Echo and The Bunnymen Release a New Compilation

Echo & the Bunnymen have released a new two-CD set compilation summarizes the band’s output between 1979 and 1987. The compilation is entitled 'Do It Clean: An Anthology' and it is a 38-track collection which actually contains all the band’s singles from this era including non-album 45s and "People Are Strange" from 'The Lost Boys' soundtrack. There’s a small sprinkling of relative rarities with the inclusion of The Original "Cutter" – A Drop in the Ocean – originally on the flipside to "Never Stop". Speaking of which, that single is also included in its remixed form (Never Stop (Discotheque)). New sleeve notes from Paul Lester are included in the 16 page booklet. Do It Clean: An Anthology 1979-1987 is out on 16 April 2015.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Retrovision: Marc Almond- Stories of Johnny -Live-

"Stories of Johnny" was one of the lead tracks on the album of the same name which was relesed in 1985. This prefomance on Wogan in 1985 gave a whole new dimension to the song with boy choir and wonderful backing vocals.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WAW: East India Youth- Carousel

"Carausel" is one of the lead singles for East India Youth, from the upcoming album 'Culture of Volume'. The album is out this month on XL Recordings and the video for this hauntingly magnificent song 'Carousel' was directed by Andy Inglis and produced by Cherise Payne.


Franz Ferdinad team up with Sparks for Album Release as FFS

Sparks are back with a brand new album and their first in this decade. This time they decided with fellows Franz Ferdinand for a brand new album. This comes ten years after the initial seed was planted between these two iconic bands Franz Ferdinand and Sparks are now FFS. The mutual admiration society between Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy, Paul Thomson, Ron Mael and Russell Mael has manifested itself in a striking new album. And without further ado, FFS is upping the ante with the announcement that they will be performing live. FFS: Franz Ferdinand and Sparks together in concert. It’s true! (FFS Facebook page)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A-ha Announce New Album for September

After their decision to split in 2009 after the release of their ninth studio album and farewell tour, a-ha were delighted to announce the release of a brand new studio album this autumn. The new album, 'Cast In Steel', will be the band’s tenth studio album and it will be released on 4th September 2015, three weeks before the band return to play the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil, and thirty years since their debut single, "Take on Me", reached number one around the world.